CarMax officials file site plans for local operation

June 21, 1996|By Ivan Penn | Ivan Penn,SUN STAFF

Officials for CarMax -- the used-car "super store" -- filed site plans Wednesday for the operation that is expected to bring about 300 jobs to Howard County when it opens on the Freestate development near Savage early next year.

The project will sit on 45.9 acres of the more than 100-acre Freestate property.

With more than 32,000 square feet of building space, CarMax plans to maintain 800 or more cars at the Freestate site.

CarMax, owned by Richmond, Va.-based Circuit City Stores, is known for its high-tech showrooms and no-haggle pricing.

The chain has five other operations nationwide.

The CarMax near Savage would be among the largest.

The project was the subject of intense debate in this year's General Assembly because CarMax officials wanted to compete with car dealers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties, which at that time were the only jurisdictions in Maryland that allowed Sunday car sales.

Lawmakers repealed the prohibition on Sunday car sales in Howard.

Jessup man injured when car flips over

A 33-year-old Jessup man was injured yesterday morning when his car careened off a roadway in Savage and flipped over, Howard County police said.

Duke W. Jordan, 33, of the 2000 block of Horse Shoe Circle in Jessup, was treated for his injuries and released from the Maryland Shock Trauma Center yesterday afternoon, a hospital spokeswoman said.

About 5 a.m. yesterday, Jordan was driving his 1995 Ford Escort south on U.S. 1, just south of Howard Street, when the car struck a curb at a curve in the road, police said.

Jordan's car went off the road, struck a brick sign, rolled over and came to a stop against a tree.

Rescuers took Jordan to the hospital, police said.

The accident is under investigation.

Charges are pending, police said.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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